Ajay Bhella

Ajay Bhella

Business Development Manager

 07827 918 324


My background in recruitment

After 12+ years in recruitment (of which 10 have been with ATA), I have a wide range of recruitment skills from sales, engineering to senior appointments which gives me a broad perspective when providing my clients with engineering recruitment solutions. In 2021, we launched ATA Search, our specialist executive search brand, offering a unique level of service to clients looking to make senior appointments and international assignments.

I have been trained and accredited in Thomas International where I use my training in behavioural assessments to work with client when recruiting key leadership roles. I now consider myself an expert in recruiting high-profile positions with key customers on both retained and contingent assignments.

I can help you with

My role as a Business Development Manager is to listen to my clients, consult and provide them with a solution. As an expert that could be helping them to assess behavioural fits, candidate job profiling or to work with clients to help them with talent pipelining or attracting talent with wider skillsets over industry experience.

I have a huge passion for working with senior clients to really understand their business, challenges and strategy, and I love playing a part in this. I get a real buzz when I recruit a Director who very quickly has improved the efficiencies or output of a company or turned a company from a loss-making to a profit in a short time.

Aside from supporting my clients with leadership and Director recruitment, I regularly work with ATA’s clients to understand their wider recruitment needs and to match the skillset of ATA accordingly to ensure our clients are fully aware of the full capabilities of our company.

I also love working with senior candidates where I get to learn about lean manufacturing, continuous improvement, engineering strategies, financial management etc as the knowledge I gain really helps when having those real in-depth conversations with prospective clients.

The best part of my job

I enjoy having in-depth business discussions with clients to understanding business/business strategy, financial growth and how I can support them on their journey. I also enjoy discussing how talent can play an integral part in the business achieving goals and objectives, high-level interviews with candidates to understand success and utilising Thomas International to recruit highly-skilled Directors.

I also enjoy working on high-profile hard to fill Director and international assignments and helping candidates find their dream jobs whilst helping clients improve/grow their business. It’s the buzz I get from making a placement but an even bigger buzz when you know your candidate has played an instrumental part in the helping the business grow, improve or change

What I do when I'm not in the office

I have a passion for Formula 1, Boxing and listening to funky house and dance music. I also love spending as much time with the little one, recently bought a bike so lots of time on the weekends will be spent cycling.​


"I had the pleasure of working with Ajay to secure a new role over a two months period, where his ability to see beyond the usual boundaries enabled me to successfully identify and transfer my skill sets into a new industry. His absolutely relentless tenacity is balanced with a professional approach, from the provision of succinct, accurate candidate briefing documents through to facilitating supportive interview coaching sessions. With a very structured, respectful and personable style, business discussion is often punctuated with very welcome broader themes, which really invigorates mutual understanding as the selection process develops. I highly recommend Ajay for any clients/candidates who require a highly professional 'trusted advisor' to facilitate a candidate search & selection process."

Roger White, Business Leader - Electrocatalytic, Evoqua Water Technologies

"I have worked with Ajay for over 6 years and during this time he has successfully recruited engineers and senior professionals for my business. He is a dynamic straight talker and provides a quality of service with a specialism towards the senior and executive market sector. Having successfully recruited our Operations Director and Plant Managers I can unreservedly recommend Ajay. If you are looking for a results driven senior recruiter then contact Ajay."

Geoff Simmonds, Managing Director, E&H Consultancy Ltd

"Having worked with Ajay for two business-critical assignments, I have to say his knowledge, expertise and speed of delivery has been second to none. Not only has he successfully recruited Engineers for our business for over 7 years, he has also helped us recruit our new Operations Director and Engineering Director, both key roles for the group. If you are looking for an expert in senior-level recruitment and a no-nonsense approach then I highly recommend Ajay. "

Mark Orpin, Group Commercial Director, Edwin James Group

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